What's the best OS/distro if you need something that just works and you've got only one hour for the install?
Windows takes too long to install and boot, OSX is too difficult to install on general hardware, no personal experience with BSD, but there are some very user friendly Linux distributions that can just work. My go-to distro for new users is still xubuntu.
Unless you have a toaster you should be able to do so in under or close to an hour. My laptop with am i5 and 8gb of ram does it in around 50 min. and I have driver backups in a usb stick at hand.
not a lot of features out of the box but solid and quick.
>inb4 tips fedora
Assuming you have an AMD video card
>windows 7 if you know how to find your drivers
If you have nvidia
My experience with nvidia is that a linux install requires you to install with minimal graphics mode, so you need to edit the grub commands from the get go. Then you need to boot into recovery mode manually install the proprietary drivers so that you can you can start X. Pain in the fucking ass. My AMD installs have worked out of the box thusfar.
On my laptop my wifi and lan drivers work out of the box in loonix distros with non free drivers (atheros and marvel) while neither do on windows, making me need the to download them using my loonix partition
>you've got only one hour for the install
5 minutes for the entire OS.
A bit longer for the packages, depending on how many you want, and how fast your connection is.
For me that's about 15 minutes, including time to boot the CD, and final reboot.
boot -s at the boot prompt, then vipw to set blank root password, then passwd to change it to something you want.
The moment you have unlimited physical access to the console, it's game over no matter what OS. If you don't like that, password protect your BIOS and use a military grade lockable case with sensors, security camera, guards, robots, sharks with lasers, and build your data center inside gas chamber.
Basically you take as many steps as necessary to protect your system. How far you go depends on the damage an intruder can potentially do. For some people, just encrypting their sensitive data is enough (in case computer gets stolen).
>what the fuck are you talking about? GPU & Chipset driver and you're done.
When I installed windows I had no optical disk drive, USB, sdcard, bluetooth, wifi, ethernet and various other AMD (not GPU related) drivers.